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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part II

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 581

    'ALCESTIS'

    BY WALTER CRANE, 1875

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    'ALCESTIS'
    BY WALTER CRANE, 1875
    Ink and bodycolour on paper, with the inscription 'To Whom do ye owe your service & which will ye honour tell me I pray this yere? The leaf or the flower'
    26½ x 64½ in. (67.2 x 165 cm.)
    Monogram with crane, dated 1875


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    This is the design for an accompanying wallpaper 'La Margarete'. It was Walter Crane's first block-printed paper and was produced from 1876 and could be combined with friezes such as this one, a dado and ceiling paper. Alcestic was the queen of wives and is attended by the domestic virtues: Diligence, Order, Providence and Hospitality.

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    Provenance

    Metford Warner.